I'm currently undergoing 3 weekly Herceptin subcutaneous injections and daily anastrozole tablets. I'm told that the Herceptin is necessary to prevent a very aggressive tumour from coming back. It's an open ended treatment so I have no idea how long that will go on for. It has side effects which haven't hugely affected me so I'd rather keeping having it than not.
Until last October I was taking 4 weekly Zoladex injections, however that has been changed to daily Anastrozole tablets, I find the side effects far worse and quite difficult to live with. I have regular blood tests to check my oestrogen levels and as they are low, it would seem to be working. Like with Herceptin I don't know how long I'll be taking this drug, when I started 5 years was the figure that was bandied about, however recent research would seem to point to 10 years so who knows.
Still, 7 years and cancer free so something must be working!
I must admit I love all this "Treatment plan" I'm sure I'm not the only one but patient participation is only required in so far as the patient just does as they are told. My oncologist and his team are breathtakingly bad at discussing or explaining. Results from tests just disappear into the communication black hole that is the oncology department at the my local hospital where they go to die! My opinions have never been taken into account and emotional blackmail is usually resorted to ensure compliance. It has led to some very lively discussions!
I do a lot of personal research and study about breast cancer and read all about new treatments. I hope that in the future cancer treatment won't be so medieval or barbaric.